Agile Testers Need Agile Test Management Tools

test management toolsHow can your team truly be Agile if they don’t have the right tools in place? Today, there are many different test management tools for software testing, but they’re not all created equal. The most common test management tools are, Spreadsheets, Legacy Testing Software (HP Quality Center) and ALM Add-Ons.

We will go through each of these test management tools and explain why they are limiting efficiency and effectiveness in the Agile testing process.

Spreadsheets

Many teams new to test case management will start with spreadsheets. Executives like spreadsheets because they’re free and they work fine when the team is small. But, spreadsheets don’t scale and can create massive inefficiencies in the testing process. Here are some of the common issues your team will face using spreadsheets:

  • Lack of Centralization: Too many folders, too many documents and spreadsheets overwhelming and slowing down your testing efforts
  • Complexity of Documentation: Highly cumbersome and overly complex “click this, then click that, then check this value and update here, comment there” type test documentation
  • Impossible to Find the Data You Need: Constant hunt for data about a testing project
  • Resource Intensive: Spending more time updating spreadsheets than actually testing
  • Version Management: Impossible to manage all the different versions of your spreadsheets
  • Visibility: Little to no visibility into the status of a project and the health of the application

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Legacy Testing Software

Many larger teams are still using legacy testing tools like Quality Center which are built for the waterfall methodology. As a result, testers are at a disadvantage, and in some companies, have become the “bottleneck” in the Agile development process.

Here are some of the key issues with legacy software testing tools:

  • Usability: Legacy software is hard to use. The user interface was designed many years ago and has not been updated recently. It’s difficult for the tester to use, which can create inefficiency.
  • Lack of integrations with Agile tools: Legacy software generally doesn’t play well with others. You’ll have a hard time integrating legacy software with popular Agile tools like JIRA and Selenium.
  • Doesn’t fit Agile workflows: Legacy software was built for the waterfall methodology so Agile teams have a hard time using it.
  • Not cross-platform or cross-browser friendly: Legacy software doesn’t work well with many modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari) and doesn’t allow for testing on platforms other than the computer.
  • Cost: Legacy software can be very expensive and there are often hidden costs, annual price increases and the high-priced consultants required to maintain the system.

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ALMs and Test Management Add-Ons

ALM solutions like JIRA do a tremendous job of aligning various components of the software development lifecycle (SDLC). From project planning to requirement management and defect tracking, these ALMs position themselves to accommodate the needs of an organization’s SDLC efforts. While these ALMs do many things very well, there’s one major gap in all ALM tools – Test Case Management.

That’s why when you visit the Atlassian Marketplace, you ‘ll find a wide range of Test Case Management add-ons available for JIRA, all trying to fill that void. Despite the appeal of centralizing your SDLC efforts into JIRA, these Test Case Management addons are truly not scalable for larger enterprise QA teams. As organizations grow, the complexity of QA testing grows, requiring enterprise-grade tools.

Here are some of the key limitations of a JIRA Test Management add-on:

  •  Zero or limited ability to reuse test suites and runs for regression
  • No folder structures so everything is searchable, but not scalable
  • Unknown change history for test case versions
  • No visibility into test execution history for JIRA Issues
  • No ability to share test case objects across JIRA projects
  • No out of the box integrations to support automation efforts
  • No API support
  • No single point for updating test cases
  • No ability to configure tests across different browsers, operating systems, etc.

Why the qTest Platform Is the Best Option for Agile Testing Teams

QASymphony’s qTest platform was designed to make your Agile testing team more efficient and effective with their Agile test management tools.

  • Easy to Use: The qTest platform was designed to be easy to use so your team spends more time testing and less time struggling with the software.
  • Integrations: The qTest platform features real-time integration with the most popular Agile tools like JIRA, Rally and VersionOne, making it seamless to work between the different applications. Learn more about qTest Integrations
  • Better Collaboration: The qTest platform provides a centralized location where the entire team can share and collaboration on test cases.
  • Eliminates Manual Documentation: qTest eXplorer lets a tester record everything he or she is doing during the testing session and automatically creates detailed documentation of any software issues. This eliminates the need for the tester to do tedious manual documentation, thus saving significant time. Learn more about the qTest Platform.
  • Visibility: qTest Insights’ comprehensive reporting provides better visibility to the team and management during the testing process. Learn more about metrics and reporting.
  • Service & Support: QASymphony has extensive service and support available to our customers. Every customer gets a dedicated customer success manager to help with the initial implementation and ongoing support. Learn More about Customer Success.

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1 comment on Agile Testers Need Agile Test Management Tools

  1. Lisa Smith says:

    I learned a lot from this blog. These tips/tools are really helpful in agile testing. Information about qtest integration is needful 🙂

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